- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man convicted of armed bank robberies in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 49-year-old William J. McBride, Jr., of Columbus, was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Columbus. Authorities say he had pleaded guilty in February to six counts of armed robbery.

Court documents say McBride robbed six banks between June 21, 2014 and August 23, 2014 and took more than $21,000 at gunpoint.

A message seeking comment from McBride’s attorney was left at her office in Columbus on Sunday.

Authorities say they arrested McBride at a Columbus hotel in Aug. 23 when a witness reported his license plate after the defendant robbed a bank in in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

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